2003 -- S 0348
A N A C T
RELATING TO DISTRICT COURT
Introduced By: Senators McCaffrey, Paiva-Weed, Alves, and Celona
Date Introduced: February 11, 2003
It is enacted by the General Assembly as follows:
SECTION 1. Section 8-8-7 of the General Laws in Chapter 8-8 entitled "District Court"
is hereby amended to read as follows:
8-8-7. Judges -- Temporary service in other courts. -- (a) A district court judge shall
devote full time to his or her judicial duties. He or she shall not practice law while holding office,
nor shall he or she be a partner or associate of any person in the practice of law.
(b) A district court judge shall be eligible to sit in any division, and, on assignment by
the chief justice of the supreme court, shall be eligible to sit for temporary periods in the superior
and family courts. A district court judge sitting in the superior or family court shall receive the
same salary as a superior or family court judge would receive, and if the district court judge sits
for only a portion of a two (2) week pay period in those courts, he or she shall be paid for the
entire two (2) week period at the higher rate of pay.
(c) A district court judge, subject to the approval of the chief justice of the supreme court,
the presiding justice of the superior court and the chief judge of the district court, may serve on
the superior court calendar to preside over district court de novo appeals. A district court judge
sitting in the superior court presiding over district court de novo appeals shall receive the same
salary as a superior court judge would receive.
SECTION 2. This act shall take effect upon passage.